Reviews & Features

Our reviews and ‘best of’ articles relating to music, food, art, shopping and more in and around Birmingham.

Grade II listed Wolverhampton hotel turns green for Blue Monday

The Iconic Grade II listed Ramada Resort Park Hall Hotel in Wolverhampton has turned green this Blue Monday, as part of a region-wide-campaign to raise awareness around… Read more »

The Best Burgers in Birmingham – And a Short History of The Hamburger

Birmingham’s culinary finesse has traveled a long way since Cliff Richard’s Brumburger Duet with Debbie Watling in 1973 on Take Me High – click here to watch)…. Read more »

HOOPLA BLUE unleash new menacing single SA(SEA)LT

Out now via FOMA Birmingham’s Hoopla Blue have today revealed their new single ‘Sa(sea)lt’, pronounced as ‘sea within the salt’. ‘Sa(sea)lt’ – along with previous releases ‘Scour’… Read more »

Charles Dickens’ love of Birmingham and his first public readings of A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens visited Birmingham Town Hall to read his Christmas Carol to a couple of thousand people, eager to hear one of the most notable literary geniuses… Read more »

Stirchley – The New Night Out!

Excluding the city centre, Birmingham has a small yet burgeoning portfolio of cool areas, which are worthy of a night out. Most people will have either heard… Read more »

Winter Warmers from Helly Hansen

Winter Warmers from Helly Hansen

Clothes shopping in UK winters can be a bit of a challenge these days if you are after something a bit different. With a severe lack of… Read more »

Swampmeat Family Band Release Christmas Single ‘A Present For Me’

Swampmeat Family Band Release Christmas Single ‘A Present For Me’

The Birmingham based country punk band are donating proceeds to Crisis UK. Birmingham based country punk and Americana group Swampmeat Family Band are giving an extra special… Read more »

Peter Pan at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre review

Peter Pan at The Birmingham Repertory Theatre review

This Christmas sees the story of the ‘boy who wouldn’t grow up’ brought to The REP Theatre, reinvented with a 21st century twist. Directed by Liam Steel… Read more »

Sponsored places on therapeutic Children and Young People’s programme

Statistics state that approximately 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 men will be affected by domestic abuse in their lifetime, and in many of these… Read more »

Saint Pauls House all-day menu review

Saint Pauls House all-day menu review

The St Paul’s and Jewellery Quarter district of Birmingham have always offered a more subdued eating experience than one usually encounters in the nearby busy city centre,… Read more »

Is Birmingham still The City of a Thousand Trades?

As the UK’s second city, Birmingham has certainly made a significant impact on Britain’s industrial and technological development over the past three centuries. Branded “the city of… Read more »

Oval’s Vision for Digbeth’s Future Development

Oval’s Vision for Digbeth’s Future Development

Oval, current owners of The Custard Factory, held an exhibition on 14th November 2019 on their vision for the future of large swathes of historic Digbeth. In… Read more »

Birmingham’s Unique Musical History From The Underground To The Mainstream + New Mousse T. remix

The UK is widely regarded as a pivotal tool in the Electronic industries positioning in the global scene. It has long been recognised for breaking new &… Read more »

An Award Winning Year for The Night Owl

An Award Winning Year for The Night Owl

Soul and retro club The Night Owl has celebrated a successful 2019 with multiple awards for their contributions to Birmingham’s ever evolving nightlife scene. These accolades come… Read more »

A Good Night’s Sleep in Bloc Hotel

A Good Night’s Sleep in Bloc Hotel

A recent Saturday night out in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter to meet a mate posed the usual conundrum, do I catch the last train home at 10pm, or… Read more »

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